Category Archives: Resources

All Songs Updated!

All songs have now been updated with background information and PDFs of song lyrics. I hope that you enjoy using the PDFs as an easy way to print out song lyrics for your students or for use on smartboards.

Math and Reading Songs

I’m happy to say that ALL math and reading songs now have printer-ready PDF links on each song page. Additionally, I have added more information about how to use many of the songs. I will be working to complete the science and social studies song PDF links soon. Happy Singing! -Elizabeth

Student Written Short Vowel Songs

Today I am going to start sharing some ways to use songs when working at a more basic level in reading. I have often used songs to increase reading fluency, even at the word level. Word fluency work begins with CVC words, so I will be sharing some short vowel songs that you can try with your students. The songs and activities can be found under the reading and language arts tab in the song lyrics section. There is one song for each of the vowels to get you started. Also, I’ll show you how to create your own short vowel songs using a song template and word cards which will have students actively involved. This is a great reading group activity, and I’ll explain how you can turn this into a game for even more fun. Happy singing!

Music Accompaniment

When I write songs, I always try to piggyback songs that I think all students and teachers will know. My main focus when singing in the classroom is to promote fluency and content learning, not to take time to learn a new song. I have never used accompaniment when singing with students, mostly because I hate trying to find the track on the cd or the correct link on the computer. Now, that being said, there are many times when I’m off key, but fortunately (or unfortunately for those listening to my singing) I’m not self-conscious around kids.

I’m sure some of you would like to have music to sing with at times, and I came across a website called Kids Sing, Garden of Songs that has the music to many of the songs that I use here. I hope it is helpful. If you have any music accompaniment websites you like to use, let me know! Happy singing!